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The '''National Aeronautics and Space Administration''' ('''NASA''' ) is an Independent agency of the United States government|independent agency of the Federal government of the United States|executive branch of the Federal government of the United States|United States federal government responsible for the civilian list of space agencies|space program as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. President of the United States|President Dwight D. Eisenhower established NASA in 1958 with a distinctly civilian (rather than military) orientation encouraging peaceful applications in space science. The National Aeronautics and Space Act was passed on July 29, 1958, disestablishing NASA's predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). The new agency became operational on October 1, 1958. Since that time, most...
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